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IDEATION: Development of the Digital Twin of the Inland Waters

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IDEATION project (InlanD watErs in the digitAl Twin OceaN) aims to prepare the development of the digital twin of the inland waters such as rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, snow, and ice, addressing activities to be developed and to make it integrated and interoperable with the Digital Twin Ocean (DTO) for a unified digital twin of ocean and waters (addressing the hydrosphere as a whole).

This project is aligned with the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters”, which aims to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters through research and innovation, citizen engagement and blue investments. The Mission’s new approach will address the ocean and waters as one and play a key role in achieving climate neutrality and restoring nature.

IDEATION will be based on a cross-border cooperation, involvement, and commitment of stakeholders at European level by following the Water-oriented Living Labs approach.  Stakeholders will be engaged via Multi-Stakeholder Forums, using a range of different engagement methodologies (e.g., focus groups, workshops, interviews, questionnaires) depending on the goals of the engagement and specificities of the context. A comprehensive review will be performed to make an open knowledge inventory for inland water systems. IDEATION will co-design the IDEATION reference architecture defining a set of building blocks, interfaces, and standards to make data, models, and technologies interoperable and integrable with the DTO. Putting together all the received results, and the IDEATION reference architecture, a roadmap for the integration of inland waters in the Digital Twin Ocean will be created providing a preliminary breakdown of the work, with priorities of implementation, into a stepped approach.

It is expected that the project’s innovative approach will contribute towards the protection and restoration of ocean and waters, eliminate water pollution by reducing plastic litter in marine ecosystems, and support a sustainable blue economy.

The IDEATION project involves 9 partners from Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Germany, Belgium and is coordinated by Cetaqua, El Centro Tecnologico Del Aqua. The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence participates as a partner.

The IDEATION project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101157371.